The sunroom's large glass windows offer views of the East River.
Photo: Travis Mark for Sotheby's International Realty

Anne Vanderbilt’s Manhattan Townhouse Hits the Market for $21 Million

The charming prewar home was previously owned by a Heinz heiress

Architect Mott B. Schmidt built this Georgian-style townhouse—with unobstructed views of the East River—in the 1920s for Anne Vanderbilt, the widow of railroad scion William Vanderbilt. Decades later, Drue Heinz, who became publisher of The Paris Review, purchased the 7,000-square-foot Sutton Place home with her husband, Henry John Heinz II. The couple preserved much of the six-bedroom dwelling’s prewar charm, including a stunning spiral staircase, oak-paneled library, and notable electric-blue front door. Ever the philanthropist, Drue, who died in March, requested a portion of the proceeds be donated to charity.

The home is listed with Mary C. Kent of Sotheby’s. 

The front entrance to 1 Sutton Place. Photo: Travis Mark for Sotheby's International Realty
The spiral staircase is a statement piece in the home. Photo: Travis Mark for Sotheby's International Realty
The outdoor lawn area. Photo: Travis Mark for Sotheby's International Realty
The master bedroom. Photo: Travis Mark for Sotheby's International Realty

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A patio area with an abundance of vegetation. Photo: Travis Mark for Sotheby's International Realty
The terrace room leads out to the sunroom. Photo: Travis Mark for Sotheby's International Realty

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2018 Winter issue under the headline “On the Market.” Subscribe to the magazine.

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